Bad Beards and Facial Hair Hiring Trends

In the 70’s it was quite common to see men with thick bushy chest hair and a sporty moustache. Today, we are clean, shaven, groomed, waxed, and polished to a shiny gleam.

Hiring managers in Corporate America discriminate against men with moustaches and beards. Now I know a lot of you have some facial hair and you’re gonna get pissed after reading this. And Rightfully so. You worked hard to get that Justin Timberlake thin razor cut (aka The Rap Industry Standard).

But listen up my bearded buddies. If you’re interviewing for a Lumber Jack job, then keep that full beard that extends to a point.

Or if you’re going to be a Roadie for ZZ Top, a long beard is a sure way to get hired.

But if you’re Bob in Accounting, growing some mutton chops or a Fuman Chu will likely keep you at home watching the kids as your wife brings home the bacon.

Cut the beard, Sparky. There I said it. Go smooth, clean and shaven Captain James T Kirk look. You need to fit in. You need to do a Power Point presentations without looking like the Unabomber – Ted Kaczynski. And, you need to shave every day.

But if you insist on having facial hair, keep it trimmed and groomed and short enough so that it’s not a bird sanctuary. Be smart, look good, and be normal.

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